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All about the recalled loan that has Russia’s Rosneft in a panic | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
August 19, 2014 |
As the West applies sanctions on Moscow, the Russian oil giant Rosneft appears to be scrambling for cash to cover a canceled loan-for-oil, according to a leading oil analyst. In piecing together how Rosneft’s situation has deteriorated over the last month, oil analyst Philip Verleger estimates that the company is sitting on a hole of up to $10 billion needed to cover repayments of loans next year.

If you don’t have political-risk insurance yet in Iraq, you may be out of luck | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
August 18, 2014 |
Since the advance of ISIL into northern Iraq two months ago, foreign businesses have scrambled to obtain fresh or added insurance against political risk and violence. But if they had none prior to the current trouble, they are finding it difficult to obtain insurance now, according to a leading insurance provider.

This Looted QuickTrip Represents St. Louis's Racial Inequality | New Republic

  • By
  • Christopher Leonard,
  • New America Foundation
August 14, 2014 |
Who loots a QuickTrip? The Midwestern convenience store sells candy bars, chips and oversized sodas—hardly anything worth stealing. Yet Monday night, a QuickTrip in suburban St. Louis became the focal point for violent protests after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, on Saturday. Looters smashed the store’s windows, flipped over shelves inside, stuffed their pockets with junk food and then burned the store to the ground. They left graffiti on the burned shell of a building that called for the murder of police officers.

Why Students Prefer to Learn from a Machine | Slate

  • By
  • Annie Murphy Paul,
  • New America Foundation
August 13, 2014 |
Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers—they’re better.

A Thawing in Iceland | New York Times

  • By
  • Daniel Kurtz-Phelan,
  • New America Foundation
August 1, 2014 |
Book review of Ken Adelman's Reagan at Reykjavik.

"Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth" | Foreign Policy

  • By
  • Shane Harris,
  • New America Foundation
July 31, 2014 |
As Washington awaits the release of the highly classified probe into the CIA's torture program, John Brennan's integrity is being questioned just when the agency needs it most.

Crime Fiction | The New Yorker

  • By
  • Nicholas Schmidle,
  • New America Foundation
July 29, 2014 |
Did the Chicago police coerce witnesses into pinpointing the wrong man for murder?

Here’s an Effective Way to Sanction Russia, and Why It Hasn’t Happened So Far | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2014 |
Western officials hoping to alter the behavior of Russian president Vladimir Putin are examining a lot of targets for sanctions, but analysts say one entity seems to be off the table for now—Gazprom. The natural gas behemoth spearheads Moscow’s economic and foreign policy abroad, but Europe is so reliant on its supplies that any strike against the company could harm the rest of the continent as much or more than Russia.

Biden: Gop States Waging 'Assault' On Voting Rights | NBC News

  • By
  • Perry Bacon,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2014 |
Vice President Joe Biden said Republican-controlled states like Wisconsin were leading an “assault” on voting rights designed to “repress minority voting” through their passage of laws that require people to present a photo ID to vote.

Inside the U.S. Push to Keep Kurdish Oil Under Baghdad’s Watch | Defense One

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 24, 2014 |
The United Leadership, a tanker containing about one million barrels of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan, has been stuck at sea for two months. The ship has been mostly anchored off the Moroccan coast, the victim of legal threats against potential buyers. It is mired in a battle between Kurdistan, intent on parlaying the sale of such oil into independence, and the US and Iraqi governments, which are just as determined to prevent that and keep Iraq whole.
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